Pluriel

University platform for research on Islam

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Alessandro Ferrari

Alessandro Ferrari is Professor of State Laws and Religions and Comparative Law of Religions at the University of Insubria (Varese and Como) and is the present director of REDESM. He is associated member of GSRL, the CNRS Research Group Sociétés, Religions, Laïcités (Paris) and of the Unité Mixte de Recherche Droit, Religion, Entreprise et Société of the Strasbourg University and CNRS. He is member of the coordination team of the PLURIEL Network. Since 2010 he has been member of the different Councils for the relations with Islam established at the Italian Home Ministry.

His research interests focus on the legal status of Muslims in Europe, the transformation of European secularism and the religious freedom across the two Mediterranean shores.

He has been Visiting Fellow at the Islamic Legal Studies Program of the Harvard Law School (2019), invited Directeur d’Études at the École Pratiques des Hautes Études (2018) and Roberta Buffett Visiting Scholar at the Northwestern University (2014). His current research project concerns the development of the right to religious freedom between the two Mediterranean shores read through the prism of the legal treatment of the “Muslim headscarf.” His publications are available at the page https://www.uninsubria.it/hpp/alessandro.ferrari

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Università degli Studi dell’Insubria - Italy

Religioni, Diritti ed Economie nello Spazio Mediterraneo (REDESM) - Italy

Comparative study on religious freedom across the two Mediterranean shores (Como and Varese)

The Research Centre “Religion, Law and Economy in the Mediterranean Area” (“Religioni, Diritti ed Economie nello Spazio Mediterraneo” – REDESM), established within the University of Insubria, aims to foster and develop research, knowledge exchange and education projects related to religious pluralism in the Mediterranean area, with the objective of achieving a better mutual knowledge among different religions, cultures and societies living in this key geopolitical region.

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The authoritarian republic. Islam in France and the Republican illusion

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Publisher’s presentation The logic of suspicion has become the compass of the French state. Since 2015 and the attacks of January and November, the preventive and repressive policy of the Sta...

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MIDÉO No. 37: Recitation in the early centuries of Islam

  • Emmanuel Pisani

The history of reciting the Quran has been rarely studied. This volume comprises most of the papers presented at the Third IDEO Conference held in Cairo in October 2020 on reciting in the early Isl...

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Not without others: recognition of others and unity in Christ – on the relationship between mission and dialogue

  • Tobias Specker

Article published in the missiology journal ZMR 106 (2022/1-4), double issue: “Evangelisation and Fraternity in the Plural World

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Jalal al-Din al-Suyuti and the Second Coming of Jesus in Islam

  • Antonio Cuciniello

"This article first provides an overall picture of Jesus in the Qur’anic Text, amongst the stories of the other prophets, his prophetic role during the mission God gave him on earth and at the End ...

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Religion and Democracy

  • Wolfgang Palaver

"This article addresses mainly two widespread prejudices. The first claims that democracy flourishes only in a Christian culture, the second wants to keep religion out of politics to protect democr...

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Islam in Prison: Finding Faith, Freedom and Fraternity

  • Mallory Schneuwly Purdie

“Based on original evidence from 279 Muslim prisoners and 79 prison officers, we explore how Muslims come to be incarcerated, how the practice of Islam affects prison life and rehabilitation,...

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Religious Radicalism. The Challenges of an Ill-Defined Concept in Europe

  • Mohamed-Ali Mostfa

Ali Mostfa, professor of linguistics and discourse analysis at the Catholic University of Lyon, analyses the semantic shifts about the notion of religious radicalism, particularly since the Septemb...

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Normativity of Holy Scriptures in Judaism, Christianity and Islam

  • Klaus von Stosch
  • Zishan Ahmad Ghaffar

In Judaism, Christianity and Islam, the orientation towards “holy texts” is central. While in the past it was undisputed that these texts could be understood as directly given by God an...